|Nov 16||Trio performance at the RealSchool of Music||Burlington, MA||with Jef Charland, bass
and Steve Langone, drums
|Dec 23||The JavaRoom||Chelmsford, MA||with The Jazz Continuum
Brett Baker, guitar
Pianist and composer Eric Ostling has maintained a career in both the jazz and classical worlds, composing, performing and recording over four decades. A graduate of MIT and the Performing Arts School in Louisville, he has worked with Pulitzer composers John Harbison and Karel Husa, and legendary jazz teachers Jamey Aebersold, Herb Pomeroy and Charlie Banacos. He has written articles on the nature of music, its instruction and performance, making his own contributions to the legacy of these masters and the teaching approach of Mr. Banacos in particular.
Recording credits include jazz quartet and solo piano CDs, song cycles of Schoenberg and Webern, and a critically acclaimed CD release and show with soprano Karyn Levitt of Hanns Eisler songs in English translation by Eric Bentley.
His classical compositions have premiered in Louisville and Boston by orchestral and chamber ensembles, including the Muir and Manhattan String Quartets. Jazz compositions include an acclaimed arrangement of Tutu (Marcus Miller/Miles Davis) and also Peter Bernstein's Dragonfly for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble.
He also maintains an active performing schedule with his own quartet, often including NYC-based guitarist Peter Seckel, for the continuance of live jazz music in the 21st century, including an expanding library of over 60 original tunes.